Antigone Essay

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As is the case in Oedipus the King, Sophocles is driving home the point that no matter what one does or refuses to do, everybody has a destiny that is unavoidable. Antigone possesses “free will” in every sense, but as was the case in Oedipus the King there will always be the idea that even though you can control what paths of action to embark on, the consequences are always predetermined and no form of evasion can save you from your fate. Antigone finds herself in a seemingly impossible situation, with the body of one of her brothers lying out in the open, and Creon’s express command that no one should bury the body unless they were willing to pay for it with their lives. She speaks about what seems to be a hopeless situation indicating that all the problems incurred by Oedipus’ actions in Oedipus the King would with all certainty be visited upon herself and Ismene at the beginning of the play in her conversation with Ismene (5-10). Men are the people in control of the general population and decision making in Thebes and I would say that Creon appears to be the person in absolute control of the city, and he seems to be the one deciding everything from what customs would be observed probably down to the more basic aspects of everyday life (663-670). This is illustrated also in (630-660) when his son Haemon comes to Creon, and is questioned whether or not he was grieving for his lost marriage to Antigone as she was presumably about to be put to death and Haemon states that he valued the goodness of Creon’s leadership more than any marriage or anything else in the world after which Creon proceeds to declare that everything pertaining to Haemon should always be second to whatever Creon decides. Even though Ismene and Antigone are related to the same man that he refused to bury, Creon didn’t bother to consider their feelings or anyone else in the city for that

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